Thursday, February 14, 2013

20 Mule Team Borax

In 1891, a household name brand was created. A product that would be essential in many households even after 122 years of production! Could you imagine a dream living on well after you have passed? I could only imagine being the brilliant mastermind that produces such useful, and simple products. Incredible.

20 Mule Team Borax detergent laundry booster, is a 100% natural mineral from the Earth. The history of this product actually began in the early 1880’s and later became 20 Mule Team Borax.

Originally, borax was imported to the United States from Italy and Tibet for use in ceramics and goldsmithing. In 1881, a prospector named Aaron Winters learned about the value of white crystalline ulexite (the earliest known form of borax) from another prospector. The test, at that time, for purity was to pour alcohol and sulfuric acid over the ore and ignite it. If it burned green, it was borax.

Aaron Winters is reported to have said to his wife, “She burns green, Rosie! We’re rich, by God!” He quickly acquired and sold his Death Valley acres to William T. Coleman for $20,000. In 1882, Goldman built Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley and the Amargosa Borax Works near Shoshone, where cooler summers allowed borax to be processed year round.
Financial troubles forced Coleman to sell his properties to Francis Marion “Borax” Smith for $500,000 in 1890. Smith then created the Pacific Coast Borax Company which eventually became 20 Mule Team® Borax.

Some of the old commercials are funny in how politically incorrect they are by today’s standards. However, what they say about Borax is still true today.

Over 85% of homes have hard water. 20 Mule Team Borax softens hard water and protects your detergent. This helps with maximizing how well your detergent works. There are several uses for Borax, not just a great product to keep around for laundry. Just by searching the web, you can easily find a fun craft to do with your children, classroom, Sunday school class, etc.

Homemade Slime:

Supplies Needed-
- Elmer's White Glue
- Borax
- Water
- Glass or plastic bowl
- Plastic or wooden spoon or spatula
- Medium sized jar or glass
- Resealable plastic bags (optional)
- Food coloring (optional)

Making Slime
1. In the bowl, mix ½ cup of white glue with 1 cup of water, using the spoon.
2. Add a couple drops of food coloring if desired.
3. In the jar or glass, blend ½ teaspoon Borax with ½ cup of water.
4. Slowly add the Borax and water mixture to the glue mixture, stirring constantly.

You can play with your slime right away or store it in resealable plastic bags for a couple weeks.
Safety note: while this slime is non-toxic, do NOT eat it. Wash your hands well after playing with the slime.

You may be wondering what my favorite usage for Borax is. That’s easy! This product helps me control fleas in the house. Out of all the trial and error when selecting a safe product to use around my home, I found Borax to be my tried and true experiment.

We have indoor pets which never goes outside unless in the enclosed back porch. However, you can still attract fleas and ticks while outdoors. This creates a disaster waiting to happen. Your poor pets suffering, human skin tortured by the pests, thousands of new fleas each day. Yes, we’ve endured this a few times and it is a very unpleasant experience. Have you ever been bitten by a flea? Hard to believe a tiny insect could cause so much aggravation.

I asked around for advice one day and it was mentioned that I should try Borax. Immediately purchasing this product from the store, I brought it home and went to work. Sprinkled generously all over the house, swept and vacuumed, repeated for a few days….eventually, we gained control over the situation. The relief we desperately sought was finally in site. Yes, it’s a LOT of work and does make a mess. BUT, the end result was so worth it.

Now I keep a box or two around the house at all times. Whenever there is even a notion of a flea inside, we get to work before it gets out of hand. Compared to dangerous and toxic chemical ridden products, Borax is very inexpensive. I normally don’t have to pay anymore than $3 or $4 for a decent sized box.

DISCLAIMER: I received a sample of Borax in exchange for sharing my opinion with my readers. All opinions are my own and true. I had been using this product for several years now prior to receiving my sample.



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